Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CLUELESS IN LAS VEGAS: Hillary's Nuclear Doctrine

Democratic debate: October 13, 2015
Anderson Cooper (moderator), Hillary Clinton

The text alert came in Tuesday night: "Hillary Clinton says the number one threat to the US is nuclear weapons."

AT LAST! I thought. The presidential campaign is turning to this urgent issue . . . .

In fact, it had been just a few days previous that I had had the AHA! moment:

#ScareMeIn3Words #Trump #nuclear #football
(NOW can we dismantle the thermonuclear monarchy?)
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Donald Trump is the greatest advertisement that has ever existed for nuclear disarmament! OF COURSE the Democrats will jump on this, I thought . . . .

So imagine my disappointment when I read the actual debate transcript:

COOPER: Secretary Clinton, the greatest national security threat?

CLINTON: I -- I think it has to be continued threat from the spread of nuclear weapons, nuclear material that can fall into the wrong hands. I know the terrorists are constantly seeking it, and that's why we have to stay vigilant, but also united around the world to prevent that.

Oh, right, it's everybody ELSE's nuclear weapons that are a threat . . . .

Isn't it startling that Hillary Clinton could serve as Secretary of State and remain oblivious to the fact that people worldwide see clearly that the greatest threat is posed by existing nuclear weapon arsenals, first and foremost those of the US and Russia?

Isn't it startling that the rest of us continue to put up with the foolhardiness of the ruling elite?

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